Best Shoujo Anime: My Choices For The Top Shoujo Seven!
Welcome back to the Mahou Shojo Corner!
I know we’re just getting to know each other, and I’ve piqued your interest with some Shoujo History last week but let’s see if you’re in it for the long haul! Everyone has their favorite or their best shoujo anime series. We all have that ONE SERIES that we know EVERYTHING ABOUT. That’s why you’re here! So! It’s my turn to proclaim my love for not one, but seven of them! Now, narrowing it down this list was quite a feat. And trust me, in future columns you’ll see that I have so many more to talk about. it’s that time for Cami’s Shojo Seven! Let’s jump right in
Demashita! Powerpuff Girls Z
As much as I love anime, I adore American series that are inspired by anime as well. I’m a huge fan of Craig McCracken’s homage to anime and nerdom in The Powerpuff Girls. But what could be even better than that? An anime adaptation that is fun and amazing. Powerpuff Girls Z is just that! Professor Utonium, along with Ken(his son and lab assistant) are making some improvements to Chemical X and end up creating Chemical Z to help save New Townsville from it’s impending doom from a glacier. However, when the impact causes the chemicals to spread all over town creating numerous villains 3 girls are also hit, causing the birth of the Powerpuff Girls! Momoko, Miyako, and Kaoru become Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup, defenders of New Townsville! Complete with transformations, magical weapons, and of course the challenge of being heroines while balancing high school life.
Tokyo Mew Mew
Imagine you and your crush are finally able to go on a date when BAM! You’re hit with a beam of light and now you have magical powers. But not just ANY magical powers, the abilities of an extinct species of cat. That is Ichigo Momomiya’s story, and how she became a part of the Mew Project. Joined by Mint, Lettuce, Pudding and Zakuro, each of them are given the abilities of extinct animals to fight off aliens called chimeras who are turning Earth’s animals into monsters. Maintaining their lives AND running a cafe by day, fighting off parasitic aliens by night! This series has a great blend of hilarity along with teaching you a lot about extinct and endangered species (something one doesn’t usually look to anime to do but hey!). If you love cute animals AND cute girls, this is one to check out for sure!
An aspiring ballerina, enduring her school life and trying to catch the eye of the top guy in class, but you’re disappointed because he seems rather heartless. But when she awakens as Princess Tutu, and finds out her prince has lost his memories, it’s up to her to use those powers to restore them. Becoming the graceful ballerina and engaging in battles of dance, she tries to save her beloved while people try stopping her at every turn…..Not to mention, she’s a duck. Yup. A duck. A duck that turns into a girl that turns into a magical ballerina. But that shouldn’t matter because it is still an enjoyable show!
Puella Magi Madoka Magica
This series takes the concept of mahou shojo and flips it in ways you wouldn’t think possible. Madoka shows us the dark side that comes with being a magical girl. Madoka and her friend Sayaka are offered the chance to become magical girls and have a wish granted by Kyubey, a creature who recruits girls to battle witches by granting them their own magical girl powers. When he makes this offer, one magical girl shows up to try and stop them while another comes to show them the benefits of joining their ranks.
This series is full of allegory, moral dilemmas and dark storytelling. It parallels the glamour of being a magical girl with the choices that have to be made in order to protect the ones you love. DEFINITELY a favorite.
Magic Knight Rayearth
Three girls from different schools are all at the Tokyo Tower for a field trip. When suddenly, they’re transported to the land of Cephiro. Hikaru, Umi, and Fuu find themselves in the midst of a war. The world of Cephiro is supported by an appointed Pillar, whose will keeps the world together. They find out that the Pillar, Princess Esmeraude has been kidnapped by Zagato, who is trying to take over Cephiro. With the assistance of a magical creature Mokona, they must awaken the Rune-Gods and set off to save the Pillar of Cephiro to return home.
CLAMP has a wonderful gift for creating absolutely fabulous worlds and characters that complement that world completely. This is one of their earlier works, but one of the best. Three girls who had never met having to come together to save a world and make their way home is compelling enough, and they still have more rich characters to introduce. A great series, one I insist you check out!
One of the most well known CLAMP series, as well as mahou shojo we have Cardcaptor Sakura! When she accidentally unseals a book full of powerful magic cards, her latent powers are awakened. Joined by Keroberos, Guardian of the Clow Cards, she is tasked with their retrieval. Later, she must master the cards in order to save the world from destruction.
This series has the typical cute creature sidekick, mysterious companions, and more outfit changes than you can count. Most of all, CLAMP sucks you into another one of their wonderful magical worlds, that has spanned over several of their series. Sakura, Tomoyo, and Syaoran have made appearances in other CLAMP series due to their popularity from this one. They are lovable and memorable combination.
Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon
Arguably one of, if not the MOST recognizable anime in the world Bishojo Senshi Sailor Moon is one of the greatest mahou shojo series. Starting out as Codename wa Sailor V, Naoko Takeuchi was approached to build on it so as to adapt it for television. She incorporated the entire team, and had Sailor V join in. Originally planning on only doing one arc, the popularity of Sailor Moon demanded more. With so many characters to choose from, every fan found a favorite Senshi and the story kept us coming back.
Usagi with her clumsy ways is of course the last person you expect to be a magical girl. But she is the heir to a powerful kingdom. Ami, Rei, Makoto, Minako, Haruka, Michiru, Setsuna, Hotaru, and even Chibiusa, have outstanding personalities that work together to form a strong team. The fighting is seemingly never ending, as villain after villain is set on tearing Usagi and Mamoru apart and stealing her crystal to secure the future of Crystal Tokyo.If by some miracle you have never seen Sailor Moon, I suggest checking it out immediately, as it will also give you a very good feel for what this genre is all about!
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